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Prioritizing Deadlifts?

Postby kfancy » Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:25 pm

Hey there,

So I guess here are my stats first of all:

Age: 19
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 165 lbs

Squat: 285 lbs
Deadlift: 325 lbs
Bench: 215 lbs
Press: 145 lbs
Power Clean: 155 lbs

I had a question about wanting to do Greyskull LP but prioritizing deadlifts over squats. Do you think it would be okay to perform the program except switch squats and deadlifts? And if that's okay, how would you alter the rep scheme? Would you perform the squats at 1x5+ and the deadlifts at 2x5,1x5+? Or what?

I would like to do this because I did Starting Strength for a bit and didn't like how much more priority squats had over deadlifts. 9 sets a week vs 1 set a week, know what I mean? Thought I would give the deadlift a little bit more attention.

Let me know please. Thank you!
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Re: Prioritizing Deadlifts?

Postby johnnypain » Fri Jul 27, 2012 5:56 pm

Welcome to the board!

Given your numbers you would be fine to switch squats and deadlifts, though I would still only do one top set of deadlifts in each of the sessions, and would keep the three set approach on squat day.
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Re: Prioritizing Deadlifts?

Postby kfancy » Fri Jul 27, 2012 6:29 pm

Thanks for the response! It's nice to be here. I can't wait to start the program on Monday.

Just out of curiosity, what is the reasoning behind the single set of deadlifts? Is it just too taxing?
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Re: Prioritizing Deadlifts?

Postby johnnypain » Fri Jul 27, 2012 8:04 pm

kfancy wrote:Thanks for the response! It's nice to be here. I can't wait to start the program on Monday.

Just out of curiosity, what is the reasoning behind the single set of deadlifts? Is it just too taxing?


Honestly, you could get away with another set or more at this stage, it's just that the extra sets are not necessary to produce the same effect in my experience.
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Re: Prioritizing Deadlifts?

Postby kfancy » Sat Jul 28, 2012 1:26 am

Sounds reasonable to me. No need to tempt fate with extra sets anyway. Thanks for all your help. Looking forward to Monday; starting your program then
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Re: Prioritizing Deadlifts?

Postby kfancy » Mon Jul 30, 2012 9:45 am

One more quick question. I perform the deadlift with a double overhand grip for as long as I can (so today that was all my warm up sets and two reps on my work set) before switching to my preferred mixed grip (dominant hand supinated and other hand pronated). Should I try to mix the grip in the other direction on some sets to avoid imbalances? Or what? Let me know what you think please.
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Re: Prioritizing Deadlifts?

Postby johnnypain » Tue Jul 31, 2012 9:15 pm

kfancy wrote:One more quick question. I perform the deadlift with a double overhand grip for as long as I can (so today that was all my warm up sets and two reps on my work set) before switching to my preferred mixed grip (dominant hand supinated and other hand pronated). Should I try to mix the grip in the other direction on some sets to avoid imbalances? Or what? Let me know what you think please.


Whichever mixed grip you use that feels natural is the one that you want to use for all of your sets. You will not develop any imbalance this way. I do not advocate switching the grips up.
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Re: Prioritizing Deadlifts?

Postby kfancy » Wed Aug 01, 2012 9:03 am

Sounds good to me. Thanks again!
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Re: Prioritizing Deadlifts?

Postby SLW2 » Sat Nov 10, 2012 3:33 pm

I'm really glad I saw this thread! I too am switching from starting strength and right now my squat is ahead of my deadlift. I definitely need to get my deadlift up!

My question is, at what point, or how do I know when I should I switch back to squatting Mon and Fri?
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Re: Prioritizing Deadlifts?

Postby johnnypain » Sun Nov 11, 2012 11:59 pm

SLW2 wrote:I'm really glad I saw this thread! I too am switching from starting strength and right now my squat is ahead of my deadlift. I definitely need to get my deadlift up!

My question is, at what point, or how do I know when I should I switch back to squatting Mon and Fri?


Welcome to the board. The correct answer is when you are satisfied with what has happened with your deadlift. There is no rule of thumb here. Go at it hard with the deadlift for a bit and get back to squatting when you're satisfied and ready.
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